Believe in “The Fantastic Four” if you want to market planned gifts the right way

iMarketSmart

When it comes to marketing planned gifts, always remember that your supporters need to think about their lives and how they can find meaning by leaving a gift to your charity— not death. Fundraising major gift major gift fundraising major gift marketing planned gift Planned Giving

How to Create a 90-Day Nonprofit Online Marketing Plan (Without Spending Hours On Social Media)

J Campbell Social Marketing

The term “online marketing” can send chills up the spine of even the most seasoned nonprofit professional. I remain thoroughly convinced that nonprofit online marketing does not have to be an uphill battle, or a cause of overwhelm and stress.

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30 Marketing Planning Questions in 30 Minutes

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Think it’s possible to learn what you need to know now about nonprofit marketing planning in just 30 minutes? We will answer 30 questions about nonprofit marketing planning in 30 minutes. There’s no faster way to learn about nonprofit marketing planning.

Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop Is Back!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For all of you in the Midwest who have wanted to come to the Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop , but just couldn’t make it to the coasts, we have great news. Here is what you’ll get when you attend: Expert navigation through the complete marketing plan creation process.

Building awareness for planned giving is easier and less expensive than ever

iMarketSmart

Promoting planned giving doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have traffic on your website, you have a chance to promote planned giving for pennies per click. Related Posts: >>Why you don’t need to update your planned giving web pages as much as you might think. >>The

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Free Webinar: Quick and Dirty Marketing Plans

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Spending time and money trying to market your nonprofit or its programs without a strategy in place is a big waste of both precious resources. Yesterday I taught the Total Focus Nonprofit Marketing Plan Workshop with Nancy Schwartz in NYC. That’s why I’m hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 where you’ll learn how to create a “quick and dirty” marketing strategy. Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Marketing Strategy

You Say You Don’t Need a Marketing Plan?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Marketing planning – real marketing planning –isn’t easy. That’s my marketing plan.&#. A to-do list is not your marketing plan. A marketing plan will ensure that you focus your efforts and your budget on the actual marketing to-dos that will move your organizational goals forward, instead of a random list of tactics that may or may not work together to produce results. A marketing plan is a map.

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Deliver this Budget to Drive Marketing Impact: Comms Plan Pt1

Getting Attention

The hands-down, most hated and most frequently-avoided marketing task is budgeting. You’ll learn the value a budget brings to your work as it translates the actions outlined in your marketing plan into expense. That’s my marketing plan and what I use to create my budget.

Taking Marketing Plan Workshop to Seattle and NYC

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nancy Schwartz and I are taking the Total Focus Nonprofit Marketing Plan Workshop west this year, with a day in beautiful Seattle, Washington. We’ll be there on Thursday, June 16, 2011 to work with up to 25 nonprofits to create a real-world marketing plan for their organizations.

An Actionable Marketing Plan for Nonprofits in 8 Sentences

Cause Related Marketing

If your cause is small, marketing it can be tricky. But marketing legend Jay Conrad Levinson has some ideas for how you can create an easy-to-use marketing plan for even the thinnest budgets Jay Conrad Levinson… who gave wings to the term ‘guerrilla marketing’… has written or co-written so many books on the topic of marketing that I couldn’t get an accurate count of his full bibliography. You heard that right, a marketing plan in just 7 sentences!

7 common major gift marketing mistakes you should avoid this year (including planned gift marketing)

iMarketSmart

The post 7 common major gift marketing mistakes you should avoid this year (including planned gift marketing) appeared first on MarketSmart | . Believing that you are imposing on your supporters by asking them for money. Remember, they want to give.

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Proof Point #3: Top Hurdles to Marketing Impact

Getting Attention

Proof Points : Research findings to use when advocating for the marketing approaches you know are right. Inadequate time and budget remain the two primary hurdles to nonprofits’ marketing impact. Then, get planning.

Be Consistent, Not Confusing with Multi-Channel Nonprofit Marketing

Getting Attention

Call it what you will — integrated, holistic, multi-channel fundraising and marketing — but there’s no variance in my recommendation that you take this approach right now, if you’re not already. So make the build happen with rigorously-monitored multi-channel marketing!

5 questions to ask your planned giving marketing vendor

iMarketSmart

How many highly qualified planned giving leads did you generate for my nonprofit last year? The post 5 questions to ask your planned giving marketing vendor appeared first on MarketSmart | . Fundraising Planned Giving best practices for planned giving Lead generation for planned giving nonprofit marketing planned giving acquisition planned giving programs for nonprofits

9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors

iMarketSmart

Fundraising Lead Generation best fundraising emails fundraising email ideas fundraising emails best practices lead generation for major gifts major donor fundraising major gift fundraising blog marketing planned gifts nonprofit email marketing planned gift marketing ideasI failed to get into business school. I hoped to be a business major at the University of Maryland in the 80’s.

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7 Questions For Your 2014 Marketing Plan

The Agitator

With November almost half gone, there’s not much we can timely advise regarding your year-end marketing/fundraising program. So now let’s turn to planning for 2014. Here’s a planning checklist. Acquisition communications direct marketing Don''t Miss these Posts fundraising marketing metrics media usage nonprofit management nonprofits online fundraising social networking premium

3 Steps to Meaningful Marketing Measures: Part 2

Getting Attention

Unfortunately, when we try to measure too many marketing measures, all we get is frustrated. Even for nonprofit communicators in large, well-staffed organizations, there’s rarely enough bandwidth to capture, analyze, share and use many marketing insights. How can marketing best be used to move your organization towards its overall goals? 3) INSIGHTS—Five or fewer metrics or other insights that show you’re moving forward on the right marketing path, or not. .

7 Solid Reasons Why You Should Kill Your Printed Planned Giving Newsletter

iMarketSmart

I know, I know… you love your planned giving newsletter. After all, it’s an easy marketing option (especially if you buy them from a vendor who has been creating them for you for decades). We need to blanket the prospects that have high-planned giving scores.

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Should you target market financial advisors in order to get more legacy gifts?

iMarketSmart

But, seriously, the decision to target market to financial advisors depends on the nonprofit that employs you. If you work for a Community Foundation, I’d say almost 90% of your marketing should support your efforts to meet and build relationships with local estate planning professionals. But if you work just about anywhere else I’d turn that upside-down so you use your marketing to help you generate leads and build relationships with individual donors.

Get a REAL Marketing Plan – Early Bird Rate Ends Friday

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When I offer my “Quick and Dirty&# marketing plan workshop, I’m always saying things like, “But when you do your REAL plan, you’ll also do this and this. Benchmarks for your marketing goals so you know if you are making progress or not.

3 Ways to Stay Safe from Cyber Attack

Getting Attention

P.S. Get more nonprofit marketing tools , templates, case studies & tips delivered right to your inbox! Strategy cybersecurity database donor database fundraising Hack-Proof Your Life IT marketing planning Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing Sean M.

2 marketing Jedi Masters tell us why fundraising IS marketing/selling

iMarketSmart

Fundraising IS marketing and selling. Yet some fundraisers think it’s different from other forms of marketing and sales when it isn’t. By the way, Seth Godin might be the most respected thought leader on subjects revolving around marketing.

4 Easy Ways to Get Closer & Boost Action

Getting Attention

Here are three doable methods of harvesting these priceless insights: 1) Launch a Marketing Advisory Group. Then put together a marketing advisory group incorporating as many of these perspectives as possible—that way you’ll have the right person to turn to when you need her.

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3 Steps to Focused Productivity for Your Nonprofit Marketing

Getting Attention

Running a small nonprofit has never been easy, but there used to be few challenges that a larger marketing budget couldn’t solve. Plan for your goals. It’s tough to carve out a block of time to think, plan, and research if you’re bogged down in daily operations.

Want more planned gifts? Focus on why not how

iMarketSmart

There are a whole bunch of so-called “marketing companies” out there that say they help nonprofits get more planned gifts. Here’s the problem with this is: Planned gift websites don’t get much traffic (rendering them relatively useless). So, absent a solid cultivation marketing plan devised to drive traffic to your PG pages, you won’t yield much in terms of a return on your investment. Instead, you just pelted them with your marketing.

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What’s your fundraising asking style?

iMarketSmart

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What’s Your Burning Question on Nonprofit Marketing? Free Webinar – 30 Answers in 30 Minutes

Getting Attention

Think it’s possible to learn what you need to know now about nonprofit marketing planning in just 30 minutes? Well, Kivi Leroux Miller and I are going to give it a try with our next free webinar, 30 Nonprofit Marketing Questions in 30 Minutes!

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What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank

iMarketSmart

The post What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank appeared first on MarketSmart | . I love Shark Tank , the reality TV show that features a panel of potential venture capitalists (“sharks”) evaluating aspiring entrepreneurs product/business ideas.

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1 Week into 2017: Where are You Headed?

Getting Attention

This practical, doable marketing plan template takes you from goals to benchmarks, work plan, action, and impact! . Those New Year’s resolutions—including the ones we set for marketing and fundraising work—are so hard to keep.

Proof that planned gifts increase annual giving revenue

iMarketSmart

What he found was the following: The average annual gift among those studied increased by 75% ($3,171) after making a planned gift. Recommendations. >> 7 Simple Lessons to Remember from Dr. Russell James About Planned Gift Marketing. >> Words That Work: Phrases that Encourage Planned Giving.

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Weave Your Nonprofit Marketing Loose Ends Into a Tight, Powerful Plan

Getting Attention

Last week I had the opportunity to join three fantastic colleagues to share guidance on this crucial nonprofit marketing challenge at #11NTC (NTEN’s annual conference). Only 16% of nonprofits have marketing plans. Don’t plan more than 1 year out.

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How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community

iMarketSmart

Here’s an old letter from my alma mater. In 2012 they achieved their goal and raised $1 billion but, in my humble opinion, they failed miserably. . Although this letter is meant for the “community” (non-donors and donors), this is NOT how you should ever address people.

My Gift To You This Holiday Season

iMarketSmart

A lot of people have asked me, “Can you really achieve planned gift marketing success online ?” “You can’t close planned gifts with a website!”

How to Set Nonprofit Marketing Goals that Build Your Impact & Satisfaction

Getting Attention

Set the Big-Picture Marketing Goals that. My friend and colleague Kivi Leroux Miller and I have heard so many of you say that your marketing isn’t all it could be. Join us for this free 30-minute webinar to learn how to set clear marketing goals for your organization.

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What to do about planned gift marketing when you don’t know what to do…

iMarketSmart

Planned giving is a new area for me. And now my new boss wants me to come up with an action plan for the next year. Eighty percent of the success of your planned gift marketing efforts will be dependent upon your list.

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The best way to predict the future is to invent it

iMarketSmart

I used my marketing expertise to invent new ways of doing things. And, as I explored this new realm, I discovered that fundraising actually is marketing, customer service and sales. >> Introducing “ENGAGEMENT FUNDRAISING”— the Future of Nonprofit Marketing. >>

The 7 biggest mistakes weak major gift officers make repeatedly

iMarketSmart

Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving strategy 80/20 rule charity blog fundraising do's and don'ts fundraising don'ts major gift marketing mistakes mistakes major gift officers make nonprofit marketing planned gift cultivationWasting time in-house letting themselves get caught up in meetings, activities, or office politics. Forgetting to ask donors lots of questions about why they care, where their interests lie and what they want to accomplish.

Are Your Marketing Goals Easy to Reach Or A Stretch?

Getting Attention

This is a vital issue for your to spend some time on because the challenge level of your nonprofit marketing goals has a huge imapct on whether you get there or not. Ambitious but realistic goals are the way to move your marketing (and your mission) forward, inch by inch!

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5 interesting videos that promote legacy giving

iMarketSmart

Fundraising Planned Giving best practices for planned giving charity blog cultivation for planned giving donor cultivation how to ask for a planned gift how to talk to donors about planned giving legacy gift definition legacy gift ideas legacy giving brochure planned giving form Planned Giving Marketing planned giving marketing language planned giving messagesHere are 5 videos for promoting legacy giving.

9 Content Marketing Tips for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

John Haydon gave me a great challenge: Share 9 content marketing tips. When you’ve written a 100,000-word book about nonprofit content marketing , boiling it down to your favorite 9 tips is a challenge. 3 “musts” for better content marketing: Listen and understand your audience.